Monday, 30 April 2018

Adana the Earth Dragon: A #Fantasy #ChildrensFiction Book by Debbie Manber Kupfer | Renee's Author Spotlight

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Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of the P.A.W.S. Saga and the picture books, Cecilia's TaleEsmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip, and The Great Bobbert. She also created the puzzle book, Paws 4 Logic together with her son, Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.

Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?

An elemental tale from the author of P.A.W.S. and Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri.

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Keep reading for an interview with Adana, the main character of the book:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Dragon Land and it wasn't much fun growing up as all the other dragons didn't really want to play with me.

Who is your enemy?

Not really enemies, but pretty much all the other dragons don't like me very much and the fire dragons can be mean.

Who do you most admire in your world?

The beautiful nature and surrounding. The colors are wondrous.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

My world is made up of colorful landscape - caves, forests, lagoons and sandy beaches. There are fours kinds of Dragon that live in my world: Water Dragons, Air Dragons, Fire Dragons and me the Earth Dragon. I am the only Earth Dragon and so I don't fit in well with the others who are all brightly colored and have special skills.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?

When I tried gargling with fire water so I could make a flame like the fire dragons. It didn't work and I ended up with a sore throat.

What is the most important lesson you've learned about life?

The even a small brown dragon can sometimes do big things.

What is the strangest situation you've ever found yourself in?

When the Giant came stomping through our world all the dragons were scared of him and hid in my cave.

What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face?

The other dragons. I hope someday they'll accept me.

Where is the best place to visit in your world?

My world is beautiful. You should visit everywhere! Be sure to stop by the Lagoon and watch the Water Dragons playing Marco Polo.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to dig. I've found all different cool rocks in the earth and I keep them in the corner of my cave.

If you could meet someone from another novel, who would it be?

Miro - from Miro the Dragon by Theresa Berg - he seems really nice.

Do you have a secret you've never told anyone?

I don't know how to swim, so couldn't really play with the Water Dragons even if they wanted me too.

What is your favorite food?

There are these delicious truffles that I sometimes find when I dig in certain spots. Yummy!

What do you own that would be hardest to part with?

I have one particular rock that I found a few years ago with a silver strand running through it. When I hold it, it makes me feel happy. I would hate to lose it.

What was the most exciting adventure you've ever been on?

You're going to have to read my book to find that one out!

New This Week: A Great Week of #Writing | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

This was a great week for writing. Not only did I finish just about everything (even after adding the extra work, but I surpassed my Camp NaNo goal for the week. I needed to reach 18,333 words by Sunday and I had well over 19k words. I should reach my 25k goal this week!

I’ve written up to Chapter 23 in AGD this week, so that was 6 chapters completed, which is awesome! I’m nearly done with Book 2, then I can start work on Book 3. I should have the first drafts of all 3 books completed by July or August. Then I can do the rewrites and editing. I should be done with all that by the end of this year, which is awesome.

I didn’t get to Shadow Stalker this week, but I reorganized my schedule with that one so I do fall behind. I’m on track to having my editing done by mid-July. So I may be able to release Episode 21 as early as August or September. Then each episode after that will be released monthly.

I’ve got up to Step 6 done in my planning process for Emergence. Step 7 will take me an entire week. I’ll be putting together the story and breaking everything down into scenes. When I’m done with that, I’ll be halfway through the planning process then I can get started on the first draft. That will take at least a few months of writing since I have 20 episodes to write.

I only finished up to scene 10 in the new short story. So this coming week, I’ll be finishing up the first draft for that and moving on to Step 16 in my writing process. That involves world building and coming up with names and info for new characters that were introduced into the story while I wrote the first draft.

I wrote the flash fiction story, but it still needs editing. So this coming week I’ll be doing that and starting a new story.

And for those following my blog series on my writing process, Step 2 was posted on Sunday and Steps 3 & 4 are scheduled to go out at the end of the week. I’ve written up to Step 7 so far, so 13 more steps to go.

Goals for this week:

  • Reach word count of 25k for Camp NaNo
  • Write the first draft of Chapters 23 – 28 in Book 2 of AGD
  • Finish the first draft of Episode 22 and write all of Episode 23 of Shadow Stalker
  • Do Step 7 in the planning process for Emergence
  • Finish the first draft of the new short story and start Step 16 in the writing process
  • Write Steps 8 – 10 in my writing process for my Blog Series

I still can’t believe I wrote nearly 7k words this week. It’s the most I’ve written in a long time. I’ll catch you next week! Maybe I can beat that!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

My Writing Process: Step 2 #WritingTips | Renee Scattergood

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If you haven’t already, you can read Step 1 here. If you’ve already read it, it’s time to move on to Step 2.

Step 2 is simple. All I do is take the answers to the questions I answered for each of the characters in Step 1 and write events that show how you will convey this information in the story.

The events don’t have to be in any specific order at this point, and they don’t even have to be too specific. I just write down whatever pops into my mind.

If you’re using BeemGee, you can do it right in the app. I use the Plot folder in Scrivener because it’s easier for me. I make a folder in the Plot folder called “Events”. Then I create an index card for each event that can easily be rearranged later.

I don’t worry about plot holes or the beginning and end of the story. That gets worked out later. All I worry about is writing down the event for each of the answers I gave for each of the characters.

For example:

If I said one of my characters is afraid of spiders, I’ll write at least one or more events that will show this fear.

I will generally put “show (character name)’s fear of spiders” as the event so that later when I put everything in order, I will put this event to the side and use it to fill in a few instances within the plot where I want to show the character’s fear.
  • It makes it easier to write out the events without worrying exactly how they will apply in the story.
  • It leaves room for improvising later when I have a better idea of how the story will play out. I’ll know if it’s something that is really important to the story and whether I should include it or not, or I’ll know whether it’s a fear that should get progressively worse as the story goes on, and so on.
If I already have an idea of how this fear is going to play out in the story, I will write as many events as I have in mind. Again, I don’t worry about the order. I just write out everything that comes to me.

This step takes about a half an hour to an hour for each character, depending on how much detail I put in the answers to the questions and how many events I write for each answer.

Next week I’ll be doing Step 3, so keep an eye out for that. If you don’t want to miss it, sign up at the right to get my blog posts in your email. If you have any questions or want to share your experiences, feel free to leave me a comment.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

#SaturdayShorts - The Auction Block by Renee Scattergood | Renee Scattergood

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This is from a series of short stories I’ve been posting for the 12 Short Stories Challenge. If you haven’t been following along, you’ll want to start with the first story, The Bridge to Edon.

Tiyana counted the minutes as she waited for Jace. It felt like it had been hours since she heard more than the creaks of the metal contracting now that the sun had set, and the air had cooled. He should have been here. She paced in the small cell, afraid he had been caught.
Soon, she was too tired for pacing and propped herself up in the corner. She didn’t want to fall asleep and risk being groggy when he showed up. She kept nodding off and considered getting back up to pace again, but she was too tired. Finally, she decided it wouldn’t hurt to get a little nap in.
She was half asleep when she was dragged out of the cell the following morning. The sailor had gripped her arm harder than necessary, and she was sure it would leave a bruise.
“Let’s go, girly. We reached port. Time to meet your new owners.”
Tiyana looked around wildly as he dragged her to the upper deck. She gasped when she saw Jace tied to the pole they had tied her to when they found her. His shirt was torn to shreds and wounds from a lash covered his torso.
Tears filled her eyes. He had been caught after all, and she would spend the rest of her life as a slave.
She was taken directly to the auction block, with her arms bound behind her back. She tried to back away when the auctioneer came towards her with a knife.
“Hold still, girl,” he scolded her.
She froze as he gripped the fabric of her dress and began cutting. Then she whimpered when he shoved her towards the front of the small stage so potential buyers could view her. She closed her eyes, crying softly and trying to ignore their leering gazes. She didn’t hear the auctioneer’s words as he and the other men decided her worth.
“Sold!” the auctioneer shouted.
Her eyes popped open just in time to see a fat old man making his way toward her with an expression that made her tremble. The auctioneer led her off the stage and handed her over to her new owner.
“Tiyana,” he said, stroking her face.
It stung where he touched her. Suddenly, it was dark. She sat up and screamed, but it came out muffled. Someone’s hand was over her mouth.
“Tiyana, it’s me. Jace.”
Tiyana relaxed a moment as she reoriented herself.
“That must have been some dream,” Jace whispered in her ear.
She nodded. Jace helped her to her feet, then held her hand as he led her through the ship. He was used to navigating the ship with little to no light. Once they were on the main deck, the moon gave them a small amount of light. They weren’t alone though and quickly hid in the shadows.
When the sailor’s back was turned, Jace gently tugged her arm then motioned for her to follow him. He carefully climbed over the side of the boat, using a metal ladder built into the side. She followed him down the ladder toward the water. When she could hear the rushing of the water as the ship sped through it, she looked down.
There was no boat waiting for them. Did he expect they would swim back to shore? She wanted to ask what his plan was, but she knew her voice would carry, and they’d be captured.
When Jace reached the water, he pushed away from the ship hard. She entered the water moments later and was nearly swept away in the current. She had to wedge her foot in one of the rungs to secure herself. Jace was already disappearing into the distance. She pushed off hard and swam towards him.
She didn’t push hard enough though and was caught up in the current created by the ship. It spun her and dragged her under. She couldn’t figure out which way was up. Her lungs burned for air, but suddenly the water settled, and the light of the moon shone like a guide to the surface.
Jace was gone. The ship was already getting smaller in the distance. She wanted to call out to them, but she feared the sailors were still too close and might hear her. She spun in the water, looking in all directions, but Jace was gone. Tiyana swam in the opposite direction of the ship, but she knew it was hopeless. She was going to die out here.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Author Spotlight: Homefront - A #SciFi #Novel (Part of the On the Horizon Book Bundle) by Diane Morrison | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week Diane Morrison is here to tell us about her novel, Homefront, which is part of the On the Horizon Bundle. She’ll also be sharing an excerpt from her book, so keep reading!
Diane Morrison lives with her partners in Vernon, BC, where she was born and raised. She likes pickles and bluegrass, and hates talking about herself. An avid National Novel Writing Month participant and gaming geek, she is proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. She is currently managing the official SFWA YouTube channel, where she gets to interview some of her favourite authors and other interesting people in the SFF field. Under her pen name “Sable Aradia” she is a successful Pagan author, a musician, and a professional blogger. After a lifetime of putting the needs of her family first, she is striking out to become what she always wanted to be; a speculative fiction writer.

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A collection of 22 Fantasy and Science Fiction full novels from an international cast of bestselling authors. This action-packed boxset features strong-willed individuals in unusual and exciting settings. Encounter queens, witches, wizards, werewolves, shifters, angels, dragons, or shadowy nemeses. Stories are character driven and set in worlds with low or no technology. You will follow their journeys to discover magical worlds, encounter dystopian lands, space stations, and galaxies they never dreamed of before their adventures. Join us On the Horizon for these deadly and dangerous quests filled with thrilling action and adventure!
They were the ones left behind, but war affects everyone.
Picking up the pieces of their shattered lives, the family and loved ones of a space pilot killed in the War discover a terrible threat to their homeworld. Can they unite their divided planet in time to save it?

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Keep reading for an excerpt from Horizon:

Battle in the Sky
Never has Narissa seen so many ships in Peridot’s sky. Elven, human, and gnomish vessels alike, from tiny launches to lumbering gnomish steamcraft, are sailing into the air in small clouds like insect swarms, gleaming like jewels in the setting sun, and then shrinking until the stars they have become wink out. Yet perhaps twenty Avalonian Navy ships hover in the visible gloaming like a swarm of lethal butterflies, with their mother-ship, the Arianrhod’s Pride, at the center of the swarm. Their silhouettes are barely visible – ghostly outlines against the darkening blue – except that the Arianrhod’s Pride splays the fiery oranges and pinks of sunset along her giant crystalline wings, a lepidopterid moon.
“But where will I find you?” Laeroth’s mother demands as they usher her up the gangway of the tradesman that will carry her to safety.
“I’ll find you, Mother,” Laeroth promises her. “Likely Glimmerfell, maybe Arianrhod. Now go, before it’s too late.”
She insists on kissing him on the cheek and in hugging Narissa. “Bring him back to me,” she commands, before the dwarven ship captain takes her shoulder and firmly guides her up the gangplank. “Don’t overstay your welcome,” he advises the two young elves as he nods to his crew to haul in the gangway. “Cast off!” he roars; and they watch the tradesman swim into the sky like the giant fish it resembles, with Laeroth’s mother leaning over the rail.
“You think she’ll be okay?” Laeroth asks.
“She’ll be fine,” Narissa reassures him. She takes his hand and gives it an encouraging squeeze.
“Look there!” cries Professor Nylyn as he jabs a small white finger at the sky. “It’s starting!”
Just visible as pulses of light, the elven ships fire their rail guns at the ominous new red stars appearing like omens of woe in the gathering darkness of twilight. The stars fire back with supernova firecrackers. The Fomorian Fleet has arrived, and those silent flashes are all they can see of the life-and-death conflict that will save or damn their world.
Narissa locks Laeroth’s hand in a white-knuckled vice. His rapier gleams at his hip and the peace knot is broken. The hand that is not clasping hers hovers near its bejeweled hilt, as if to threaten the invaders. Will this be the end of their story?

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Special Feature - The Other: A #SciFi #Thriller by Marilyn Peake | Renee Scattergood

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The world was melting down. North Korea had tested another nuclear missile. Terrorist attacks were happening with frightening regularity in European cities. In the United States, the FBI and CIA were investigating multiple computer hacks in which the Russians were the prime suspects. Then the news took an even more ominous tone. People began seeing UFOs and strange, alien-looking creatures with humanoid shapes, green skin and large black eyes. In places where this occurred, doctors reported the spread of a mysterious virus that scrambled people’s thoughts and caused hallucinations. Many experts believed the virus came from the aliens. The pathogen had not yet been identified; there was no known cure.
Psychology professor Dr. Cora Frost had a different theory: the bizarre symptoms were nothing more than mass hysteria, not unlike the hysteria that caused people in our not-too-distant past to see witches flying through the sky, which justified hanging them or burning them at the stake. Intense stress within societies gives rise to scapegoats. Doing field research within the compound of a cult in Roswell, New Mexico that revered the exact same kinds of aliens being reported on the news, her entire worldview is shaken and upended. In a shocking series of events, her past and future collide, forever changing her life.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Blog Tour: Monster Huntress - A #YA #Fantasy #Novel by David Wiley | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

YA Fantasy novel Monster Huntress by David Wiley
Releases April 21st

Do you love good YA fantasy with an awesome heroine who makes you cheer for trousers instead of tangling skirts? Then you definitely want to check out Monster Huntress by David Wiley!

Consecrated with her mother’s blood and blessing

The world tells Ava she’s just a little girl who should know her place, but Ava wants a sword not a crown.
Ava and her father are following in her mother’s footsteps, hunting monsters in the 13 Kingdoms, seeking revenge for her mother’s untimely death. Little do they know that the monster responsible is building up a dangerous force. When The King requests the help of Ava’s father in exchange for her becoming a princess, Ava is not pleased. Can Ava escape her fate and the obnoxious prince of Harborg to live the life she’s always known, or will the dark plans of the monster catch her in his trap.
David Wiley combines the action of Tomb Raider with the fantastical elements of The Witcher to create the exciting world of The Young Huntress high fantasy series.

Track down Monster Huntress today and slay your need for good fantasy with the preorder at 1/2 price!.

Heidi Angell is doing an awesome giveaway on the Facebook event page: to enter the awesome giveaway be sure to invite people to the event and have them select you as the inviter on the pinned post. Each person who selects your name gives you another entry into the giveaway.
GIVEAWAY: If we hit 100 sales before the end of release day, Heidi Angell will randomly draw one winner for the dice game Dungeon Roll. If we get another 300 sales (400 total) Heidi will do a random drawing to give away of the board game, Castle Panic, and if we hit another 500 sales above that (900 total) then Heidi will do a random drawing to give away the awesome DnD board game Lords of Waterdeep. Watch the video to see why Heidi is doing this crazy giveaway!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

#YouTubeTuesday - Building My Theme Park (Planet Coaster) | DanTDM | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

I love roller coasters! When I saw this, I was getting excited because as much as I love roller coasters, I love roller coaster simulators as much if not more. So I watched this one, but then Dan got sidetracked with making them crash. LOL

It was still fun to watch though, so check it out...

Monday, 23 April 2018

New This Week: All Caught Up... Well, Mostly! #WIP | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

Yes, mostly… but only because I didn’t write the flash fiction story. Everything else is all caught up.

I was a little over 200 words shy of reaching the 12.5k word count for the week for Camp NaNoWriMo. My word count from today brought it to over 13.4k, so I’m just over my word count goal for day 16. Yay! By the end of this week, my word count has to be just over 18k, so I’ve got nearly 5k to write this week.

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I’ve got plenty to keep me busy.

I’ve finished up to Chapter 17 in Book 2 of AGD. As quickly as I’m getting through my writing now, I’m considering doing 2 chapters a day in that. That way it will be done twice as fast. Yeah, I like that idea. Plus, it will get my word count up much quicker.

The first draft of Shadow Stalker Episode 21 is finished, and I’m up to Chapter 1 in Episode 22. I’m going to start doing two chapters of that one as well. In fact, I’ll write two chapters or scenes (if it’s a short story) each day for everything.

I finished up to Step 4 in my planning process for my new serial Emergence. It’s really starting to come together now. I’m picturing scenes in my head.

The first six scenes in my new short story are done, well the first drafts are anyway. I love how this one is turning out too. I have been making notes as new ideas come to mind as well. It’s really a story I’d like to expand into a novel series at some point.

I’ve finished the first draft of my 12 Short Stories story for April. Tomorrow I have to do all the editing since it’s due to be posted on the 18th.

For those who have been wanting to hear about my new writing process, I’ve finished writing up to Step 4. I combined Steps 3 & 4 in one post since they weren’t very long. Also, I posted Step 1 yesterday, so check it out if you haven’t already.

Goals for this week:
  • Reach word count of 18,333 for Camp NaNo
  • Write the first draft of Chapters 17 – 23 in Book 2 of AGD
  • Finish the first draft of Episode 22 of Shadow Stalker and write the Prologue of Episode 23
  • Steps 5 & 6 of my planning process for Emergence
  • Write the first draft for up to Scene 12 in the new short story
  • Edit and post 12 Short Stories story for April
  • Write and edit flash fiction story
  • Write up to Step 7 of my writing process for my Blog Series

Let’s see how well I do with the added workload! Wish me luck.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

My Writing Process: Step 1 #WritingTips | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

I’ve had quite a few people ask me about my new writing process since I began talking about it, so I’ve decided to put together a series of blog posts to walk you through it. Keep in mind that it’s nothing original. It’s stuff I’ve taken from many different sources that have worked for me that I’ve put together in a step by step process. What works for me may not work for you, but you may find something that you’ve never tried before that you can use in your own writing process.
I broke my writing process down into twenty steps to simplify it. It takes me all the way from the planning process through to the editing. By the time I’m done with the twenty steps, I’m ready to send the manuscript off to the editor or beta readers (depending on what kind of project I’m working on).
In each post, I’m going to talk you through the steps individually, so today I’ll be talking about Step 1. Before I get started, I also want to let you know that I will be giving you links to and names of different sources and apps I’ve used to create each step as well as what I use to keep my work organized.
So, let’s get started with Step 1:
The first thing I do is start creating my main characters. By main character, I mean any character that is going to have a big part in the story, whether they are point of view characters or not. Generally, this is how I work it out:
  • Short stories and novellas get one or two main characters. If there are two it may be either a protagonist and antagonist or two protagonists.
  • Novels will generally have up to six main characters. I usually break it up by having up to four or five protagonists, and one or two antagonists.
  • With serials, it depends on how I’m writing it. My current serial has eleven main characters who will also be point of view characters. Seven are protagonists and four are antagonists.
I don’t decide right from the start how many I will have though. I have a general idea in my head, and as I work through this first step and answer the questions, I will get more ideas and if a new character comes to mind I add them.
The next thing I do is I set up a new book in Scrivener. If you don’t use a writing program, you can just set up a word file for developing your characters. You can have a separate file for each or one big file for all the characters. It’s up to you.
In Scrivener, I pretty much ignore everything else and focus on the character section. I create three folders in that section. One for protagonists, antagonists, and other characters. The other characters can be family members or friends of the main characters that are in the story, but not necessarily a big part of it. It’s also for other characters your main characters come across throughout the story.
Now it’s time to start naming your main characters. I use Fantasy Name Generators. There are quite a few name generators there to choose from and it’s helped me a great deal, so it’s worth checking out. Once I have their names, I create a new character template in the appropriate folder in Scriver and fill in the names. I don’t worry about any other character details at this point. The characters are built as we go along.
Now for the main part of Step 1! If you’ve never used BeemGee before, now is a good time to check it out. This part of Step 1 comes from their app, which is free to use for these questions.
You need to answer the first set of questions for each of your main characters on BeemGee (or you can do it in a separate file for now, but BeemGee makes it easier). You don’t have to answer these questions for characters in the “others” category. Here is a brief description of each of the questions:
Question #1: What is the main problem or situation your character is dealing with as they enter the story? It can be something that already exists or suddenly comes into the character’s life at the start of the story.
Question #2: What is the character’s desire? This is related to the problem in the first question, but more of the state of mind or what the character will get out of solving the problem rather than just “solving the problem”.
Question #3: What does the character have to achieve to solve the problem?
Question #4: What does the character have to do to reach that achievement and solve the problem?
Question #5: What does the character think he/she needs to reach that achievement? This isn’t something the character actually needs. It’s what they believe they need. It can be an object, information or pretty much anything.
Question #6: What are the actions the character will have to take to achieve the goal and solve the problem?
Question #7: What will happen if the character fails? There has to be some kind of consequence to failing that will serve as the character’s motivation.
Question #8: What does the character fear most?
Question #9: Does the character have any special abilities? This can be anything from being highly intelligent to having magical abilities.
Question #10: Does the character have a prized possession? It doesn’t have to be an object. It could be another person, like a spouse or child.
Question #11: What antagonistic obstacle does the character face? These are obstacles placed in front of the character by his/her opponent.
Question #12: What external obstacles does the character face? External obstacles have to do with the world around the character.
After answering these questions for all your main characters, you’re done with Step 1. The amount of time it takes depends on how much information you include for each question and the number of characters you have. If you’re like me and you like to schedule your writing time, give yourself at least an hour or two for each character.
Next week I’ll go over Step 2 of my writing process. Hope you’re able to make use of the stuff I’ve written so far. If you try it out, let me know how it goes in the comments below!
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Friday, 20 April 2018

Author Spotlight: Rose Blood (The Phantasmagoriad Book One) - A #Fantasy #Novel by Peter Guy Blacklock | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Peter Guy Blacklock visiting with the first book in his The Phantasmagoriad series, Rose Blood. He’s also taken the time to do an interview with me, so let’s get started!
Peter Guy Blacklock was born and raised in an unremarkable town in the north-east of England by a remarkably supportive and well adjusted working-class family. After 14 years of ineffective education, he found himself in Art College, which led to twenty years employment as an Archaeological Illustrator in which he produced a wide variety of technical illustrations for publication as well as more general illustration, design and copy work on educational and display materials intended for schools and the general public. Eventually, the hunt for a half decent salary within that occupation led him to the Museum of London and a move to the capitol where he still lives today in happily married bliss.
He is passionate about genre fiction, film and games has a fervent interest in history, mythology, and folklore and is fascinated by the deeper meanings behind ritual practice, ceremonial magic, and occult lore. He is a keen Ripperologist, a devout Lovecraftian and a determined new writer of dark-genre fiction and non-fiction books. A good deal of his spare time is spent online where, under his user-name of choice ‘Harbinger451’, he is creating a website and writing a blog that explore the alternative worlds that encompass his passions.

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About the Book

Peter Guy Blacklock’s Rose Blood is the first book in a trilogy of breakneck, erotically charged, Gothic fairytales set in an alternate world full of gruesome horrors, dark fantasies, twisted trysts and hard-boiled heroics; peopled with unique characters, many of whom subvert genre norms, and steeped in authentic occult lore. The gripping story, which hooks from the start, unfolds in and around the eldritch environs of an archaic primeval forest that lingers across a huge swathe of the Britannik Isles – a dark parallel of Britain in the early 1700s.
A chance accident on the road home from finishing-school thrusts a sheltered Rebekah into a violent, desperate and rapidly escalating struggle involving disturbingly prescient dreams, sensual vampiric bloodletting, the brutal kidnap of her sister, the wanton murder-by-troll of her father and the wicked sorceries of an arcane Machiavellian evil from the distant land of Kanaan. With the unlikely aid of a rogue vampire named Mikael, his ghostly lover, Lilith, an old wizard traveller – and agent of the state – called Arkturon and an occult specialist Ranger, the dark-elf Corporal Villovürt; she must set out to rescue Luwsiy, her young sister, from the diabolical machinations of an ancient and powerful sorcerer named Bäliyl Samiyl and his three deadly daughters, Aggareth, Maqlath and Igymeth.
The wizard-led band of assorted and unlikely heroes travel a wayward path that traverses strange otherworldly realms – while a troop of hardened Rangers, led by the stalwart Sergeant D’Geai Rinawn from the deserts of Namib, pursue the same goal on more temporal ground through the ancient, goblin and troll infested Old Forest beset with magical traps and dangers. The two groups follow their respective paths, one beaten by wizardry and wisdom, the other by sword, blunderbuss and brawn.
As well as being part of a trilogy, this novel is the first in a whole series of tales set within the same alternate world that parallels our own. These Anti-Verse Tales will take place in different times and technological periods past, present and future, but are still firmly within the same mirror universe, the convincing magical reality of which is a benighted and bewitching reflection of the histories, myths, legends and folklore of our own world.
Warning: contains extreme themes and situations of a profane, violent, horrific and sexual nature. Expect adult language and situations as well as overt violence and gore!

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

What genres do you write?
Dark Speculative fiction of all kinds including Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Occult
What inspires you to write?
I decided to right the sort of books I wanted to read, inspired by my interest in mythology, folklore and the occult, and by my passion for horror and fantasy genre fiction, film and games.
How often do you write?
I try to write every day, or I at least review, rewrite or edit what was written the day or days before.
Do you have a daily word or page count goal?
I don’t generally set a limit, either upper or lower, on how much I write each day – I just write what I can when I can.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
That’s easy – I’d be Arkturon, a wizard… wouldn’t we all like to be a wizard for a day?
What authors have most influenced you?
The works of Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Raymond Chandler, J. R. R. Tolkien, Daphne Du Maurier, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Michael Moorcock, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and William Gibson… among many, many others.
What are your goals as an author? 
My goals are fairly simple and, I assume, typical – to earn a living from writing, however modest. I would hope that in five years time I have at least five more novels written and that I am able to earn that living from them.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.” — Hunter S. Thompson.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I tried approaching lterary agents but soon lost patience with the whole process and decided to self publish, its a steep learning curve but I’m hopefull that it will be a rewarding experience.
What is the best thing about self-publishing?
It certainly gives you more creative control than traditional publishing and luckily I have the skills that let me design my own covers and format the books just how I like.
Are you a pantser or outliner?
A bit of both; I usually have a very broad outline of where I want the story to go but I don’t tend to write it down – I like my characters to dictate where they will go within that broad outline and how they will deal with it often only becomes apparent while writing.
Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?
A combination of the two; clearly I write fantastical fiction so imagination plays a large part, but I like my characters to be grounded in a reality that is relatable for the reader and therefore real life experiences are essential to a character’s believability and help build the story’s authenticity.
Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
My characters often have elements of people I know, or know of, or have read about, but I don’t tend to base them entirely on such a person – certainly not to the extent that they would recognize themselves.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on ‘Moon Shade’, the second novel in the Phantasmagoriad trilogy, following on from my debut ‘Rose Blood’. I’m also finishing off a short occult horror story, ‘The Matter of Time’, the third short story that will make up the Dollar Dreadful Volume 2 ebook with two more of my works of short fiction.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
Keep reading and writing, listen and learn from the world around you… and always take notes. Get your work out there in as many places as possible. Talk about your work on social media, write a blog – get yourself out there online and keep writing, writing and more writing, hone your skills and be sure to learn from your mistakes.